Hames, professor of anthropology in the School of Global Integrative Studies, will present “The Truth about Hunter-Gatherers.” His talk is informed by his extensive research of native peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon, including their behavioral ecology; human ecology; food and labor exchange; and marriage and parental investment.
“Many in our modern society view hunter-gatherers as natural exemplars of how we should raise our children, eat, exercise and conserve resources,” Hames said. “Hunter-gatherers are thought to have maintained equality between the sexes, lacked economic inequality and rarely resorted to deadly violence.
“My talk will sketch the diversity of hunter-gather life and qualify and/or debunk many of these utopian assumptions.”
Hames’ research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. In 2020, Hames was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest distinctions a U.S. scientist or engineer can earn.
His lecture and live Q&A with Chancellor Ronnie Green will be broadcast via Zoom. Viewers may submit questions via chat. Registration, available here, is required to receive the Zoom link.
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